For 'pandemic reasons' I have unfortunately had to postpone many 'live' courses - and offer more on-line classes and webinars. However, in my line of work I could not possibly "offer all my work on-line" as it is neither possible nor safe. (E.g. running an on-line High Seat Ceremony - I don't think so!!) We live in very uncertain times. Right now my intention is to return to teaching in person, in London, in December (the upcoming Sacred Art Retreat titled: The Wild Hunt & The Bone Mother) followed by the Sacred Art Introduction course in January 2021. Please note that all my courses in the US have had be to cancelled until further notice. Susan Rossi and I are not able to set new dates, at this time, because travel to and from the US is severely restricted. The general principle I follow, in making decisions about courses and events, is to follow government guidance for all the hosting countries involved. I will soon make an announcement about opening my own 'on-line school' on the Teachable site! More detailed updates about all courses always appear in my newsletter! You can contact me by pressing "contact us" but please note that the email volume is VERY high and that I operate dedicated admin days!
When you meet teachers so full of knowledge usually they are dead so you can only read their books!
When you can work with someone like Imelda in person you should grab the opportunity!
- Katharine Lucy Haworth, Shamanic Practitioner, UK
What a gift Imelda Almqvist's work is for our global community! Rarely have I met someone with such a spiritual and creative force//
I am in awe of Imelda Almqvist’s work. Imelda is making a powerful contribution to our global community through her books and workshops. Her work with children is phenomenal and is getting huge global attention.
--Sandra Ingerman in her Transmutation News for February 2019
- Sandra Ingerman, author of "Soul Retrieval" and "Medicine for the Earth"Sandra Ingerman, Santa Fe, US
To me you are amazing and I hope that sinks in-even a little! I do love it when my sisters emerge in this world to shine... And doing the most important work of our time, in my humble opinion. I've known you for many years and have watched you share your sacred knowledge with so many! - Robin Romeo, Founder, Center for Light Body Healing, US
I have been studying and practising shamanism, including running my own shamanic healing practice for some years now. Imelda’s immense knowledge and years of experience pushed my knowledge and practice to another level. Learning from her is akin to going to University for Shamanic Practitioners. Highly impressed!
- Mia Tolusic, shamanic practitioner, UK
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Welcome to this website! My name is Imelda Almqvist and I am an international teacher of Sacred Art and Seiðr (or Fornsed) and also a painter and author of three books. I divide my professional time between London UK, Sweden and the US. My paintings can be found in collections all over the world. I recently appeared in a TV program called Ice Age Shaman, in the series Mystic Britain, on the Smithsonian Channel. I am the author of:
MEDICINE OF THE IMAGINATION, Dwelling in Possibility, will be published by Moon Books in 2020
I am currently working on a book about recovering and reviving the pre-Christian spirituality of The Netherlands (my country of birth)!
I have also started a book about the Runes and Advanced Rune Studies (spurred on by the students on my 2-year program in Sweden!)
My sacred art courses and retreats take place in the fertile space where art meets shamanism. They have a strong Mystery School aspect: the focus is on engaging in fresh and innovative ways with ancient material and wisdom traditions to create powerful art work, ceremonies and personalized Rites of Passage!
I pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers. This offered safe sacred group space for children and teenagers to develop a viable spiritual toolkit. In 2015 LA-based film maker Hannah Beadman made a film about The Time Travellers using guidance from spirit allies to resolve bullying. I was interviewed by Sandra Ingerman about her shamanic work with young people as part of her Shamanic Journeying for Guidance and Healing course on The Shift Network.
I am passionate about teaching the ancestral wisdom traditions of Northern Europe: Seidr (Fornsed) and Northern Tradition material. Longer programs run at my school in Sweden called TRUE NORTH, situated in pristine forest land by the Baltic Sea.
I have been a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in 2016 and 2017. I was a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True in Colorado (together with my 13-year old son Brendan I offered a ceremony, titled Drawing Down The Divine Child, marking the Blue Blood Moon of January 2018). I still work for Sounds True as a regular presenter on The Shamanic Path. My upcoming presentation is about uncovering the pre-Christian spirituality of The Netherlands.
My Seidr and Northern Tradition programs also run in the US courtesy of Susan Rossi. For more information please contact Susan Rossi on firstname.lastname@example.org
The pandemic has reshuffled our lives. As many things became impossible for now (such as teaching in person), other things could be prioritized.
For me personally painting was one such thing. In recent years I have divided much of my time between teaching and writing books. Art time often got squeezed into very small pockets, which changed overnight!
I invite you to check out the paintings I have made in this extraordinary period. Many (if not most) of them contain elements of (what I will call) "pictorial activism" and a creative commentary on what is unfolding in our world. I also took many experimental photographs and made masks:
< Sounds True has given permission for me to share the Year of Ceremony video titled The Human Family (about the vigil and Full Moon Ceremony of The Time Travellers to Cross Bones in London) with the general public. The video appears on the left!
> The Shift Network has given permission for me to share my 12 year old son's bonus video about using dreaming as a technique for navigating the cosmos with the general public. Please note that this film was made for the Shamanism Global Summit of 2016, where I did a presentation about using shamanism with children.
With gratitude to my friend and colleague Simon Cook who was of immense help in the making of both films!
Sheena Cundy interviews Imelda Almqvist on Tree House TV, April 2018
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears!" (and fortunately this also works the other way around: "when the teacher is ready, the students appear!")
I have had the immense good fortune of training with the following shamanic teachers: Simon Buxton, Betsy Bergstrom, Naomi Lewis, Kate Shela, Chetna Lawless, Ruth Aber and last but not least Sandra Ingerman! I have learned as much again from powerful creative partnerships with the following people: Simon Cook in London (The Time Travellers and Blind Labyrinth Walks), Anna Kjellin in Sweden (Seidr and Fornsed), Nick Taylor in Wales (Rites of Passage Work with Teenagers), Karmit Evenzur in Spain (Geomancy and Earth Speaks), Judith Bogner (Public Speaking and Mediation), Hannah Beadman in LA (Film Making), Jill Hunter (Animal Healing), Sony Baron in Victoria BC, Canada (Ancestral Healing and Peer Supervision) Susan Rossi in Philadelphia (Sacred Art and Crone Medicine Work), Anja Steinbauer for invitations for a shamanic teacher to speak at Philosophy for All Events (and keeping my interest in philosophy alive!), Terry Morgan in Maine USA (Astrology) and Alec Davis in Seattle (ceremonial work in the Desert at both Chaco Canyon and in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Kate Mieczkowska (artist and curator of the Goddess Now Show) and Valarie Budayr (working with me on project Healing Wise) - you all changed my life and made it better beyond comprehension!
Imelda Almqvist's School of Sacred Art and Seidr/Old Norse Traditions
Welcome and thank you for visiting my website! I hope that you found what you were looking for!
Important pandemic notice: the teaching of courses in person is on an uncertain footing for the time being. If you are currently signed up for a course you will receive email updates from me. My plan is to start teaching in person again from December 2020, circumstances allowing. Please note that I will be following government guidance for all hosting countries, in terms of making decisions regarding proceeding or cancelling. From September 2020 onward my plan is start offering webinars on Teachable. If you'd like me to keep you in the loop, drop me a brief email to that effect and you will hear from me in the Autumn!
Please note that I operate dedicated admin days, I do not respond to emails 24/7. Expect delays in hearing back from me!
On the Shamanic Healing page here you will find a listing for several shamanic practitioners who have availability for one-to-one sessions. Some are trained by me personally and I wholeheartedly recommend their work! For an international listing of practitioners who work with children and teens, please visit the Global Grid of Practitioners for Kids page.
If you would like to receive an occasional update from me (about 6 - 8 times a year) in the form of a newsletter offering "soul food", articles, art videos and an up-to-date (international) listing of all upcoming courses and events - please drop me an email on email@example.com. Courses and events generally appear in the newsletter before I manage to list them on this site. This will change as soon as I master the ancient arts of cloning myself and bilocation (or hire a VA!)
Remember that your own life is the greatest piece of art you will ever make!
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